caffeineChemistry addresses the fundamental nature of substances and changes that substances undergo……

What is caffeine? How does caffeine affect your brain? How can we detect caffeine and determine how much is in coffee, tea, or your blood? What chemical reactions can be carried out to synthesize caffeine in the laboratory?

Modern civilization is based on energy obtained primarily from burning carbon and hydrocarbons with the result that carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere have been steadily increasing since the industrial revolution.  What are the alternatives?  Is the “hydrogen economy” practical or feasible?

There are many reasons to study chemistry.  Some of us are motivated primarily by curiosity about nature and/or about how things work:  What is the chemistry of Mars rocks?  What is the chemical composition of Titan’s atmosphere?  What are the chemical reactions behind rocket propulsion and automobile airbag deployment?  Others want to help people by being doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, etc., and so need to understand the chemistry underlying biology, pharmacology, and human physiology.  Whatever your motivation for learning chemistry, you need a solid grasp of the fundamentals to achieve your long-term goals.  This is what the COA chemistry program is designed to provide


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